Jefferson celebrates 180 years

This past Sunday, the city of Jefferson celebrated the 180th anniversary of their community’s settlement; despite the arctic cold and piling snow.

The Jefferson Historic Society hosted the public celebration at the Jefferson Historical Museum, serving cake, ice cream and a lot of fun. The museum held memorabilia of the cities past including photos and documents.

The location of Jefferson was settled in the winter of 1836-37 to make use of the water power and transportation opportunities offered by the Rock River. It was the furthest point that a steamboat was able to navigate the river in 1839.

Jefferson was a New England settlement. The original founders of Jefferson consisted entirely of settlers from New England, particularly Connecticut, rural Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, as well some from upstate New York who were born to parents who had migrated to that region from New England shortly after the American Revolution.

It is ironic that at least 30 years after the community was settled, Mother Antonia Herb arrived with the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and started a convent that would give way to St. Coletta of Wisconsin.

More information on the celebration and some facts about the development of Jefferson can be found at:

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